U.K. Priscilla Tour Will Star Jason Donovan, Richard Grieve and Graham Weaver
By Adam Hetrick
Jason Donovan, Richard Grieve and Graham Weaver will star in the U.K. tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which will shake its groove thing beginning Feb. 9, 2013, at the Manchester Opera House.
Donovan (Joseph, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Sound of Music), who starred in the original London production of Priscilla, will return to the role of Tick, with Grieve (The Boy from Oz, Neighbours) as Bernadette and Weaver (Chicago, Assassins) as Felicia. Both Grieve and Weaver also played their respective roles during the West End run of the jukebox musical.
Current tour stops also include the Oxford New Theatre, the Edinburgh Playhouse, the New Wimbledon Theatre and more.
The musical, which includes songs by Tina Turner, The Village People, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Donna Summer, is adapted from the film "The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert."
Simon Phillips (Love Never Dies) directed the Australian, West End and Broadway productions. It is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Priscilla has choreography by Ross Coleman.
The show also features musical supervision and arrangements by Stephen "Spud" Murphy, set design by Brian Thomson, costumes by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, lighting design by Nick Schlieper, sound design by Jonathan Deans and Peter Fitzgerald, and make-up design by Cassie Hanlon.
The Broadway production starred Tony Award nominee Will Swenson, Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams as "the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting road trip of a lifetime who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed," according to producers.
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